Saturday, June 6, 2009

obama's speech in cairo - june 4, 2009

watch the full speech here:

here is the post about the speech via

the full transcript can be read here.

an amazing photoset of before, during and after the speech.

i'm still too blown away and deeply moved after watching this to be able to write any kind of coherent analysis right now. perhaps tomorrow.

i will leave you with two of the passages that struck me most profoundly:

"As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. It was Islam -- at places like Al-Azhar -- that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities -- (applause) -- it was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality. "

"Too many tears have been shed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra -- (applause) -- as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer."

may the peace of every god and goddess be upon you all.

Friday, May 29, 2009

obama - prop 8 protest @ the beverly hilton - may 27, 2009

i had the chance to be at this rally (i'm holding the sign that says "we won't go away," far right).

obama was at a dnc fundraiser at the beverly hilton, across the street from the park where we protested.

lt. dan choi gave an incredible speech. you can watch the video here:

rick jacobs of the courage campaign was also in attendance, and gave a great speech too.

i took a bunch of pictures as well, you can view them on flickr here.

following are some of my favorites:

lt. dan choi salutes the dems and obama

rick jacobs of the courage campaign

flag, obama fail (which i don't agree with... yet)